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CO3 Now Recruiting for 2016 Cross-Sectoral Mentoring Programme

CO3 Now Recruiting for its 2016 Cross-Sectoral Mentoring Programme

Mentoring – Is it for you?

CO3 is delighted to announce that it is now recruiting for its 2016 Cross-Sectoral Mentoring Programme.  This leadership development service is complimentary as part of your membership of CO3 and will enable you to benefit from our experienced bank of Mentors, either from within the third sector or from the public and private sectors.


What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is a highly successful development tool at senior executive level because it is tailor-made to suit the individual.  The Mentee (person being mentored) is able to discuss issues/experiences in a safe and confidential environment.  The Mentor shares their experience, best practice and a sounding board to the Mentee. At CO3, we know that by participating in the programme the leadership capacity of both the Mentor and Mentee is enhanced. 


“My Mentor took the time to really listen to me; he created a safe confidential space where I felt at ease sharing my issues and receiving critical and thoughtful comments on how to consider the situation / proceed with the situation.  He was so gracious and really offered a reflective mirror for me to view change.  He was kind and considerate, but never afraid to pose the really meaningful questions which can give new insights for someone working their way through the situation.”

Kate Laverty, Manager, Colin Community Counselling

 

 

Who is the programme for?

The programme is designed to support both chief executives and senior managers with a view to support their leadership development and improve their performance.

CO3 is looking for leaders who would like to participate either as a Mentee or as a Mentor on the programme.  The Programme aims to provide Mentees with a confidential and safe environment to develop their leadership abilities.  Mentors will also benefit from taking part by further enhancing their communication, interpersonal, problem-solving and listening skills. 


Call for Mentees

Chief Executives and Senior Managers have the unique opportunity to access support to build their leadership capacity.  Perhaps you have a new role/challenge, a specific work concern, want to build your resilience or would like to focus on career development.  A Mentor will support you on your particular area of personal focus!

 

Call for Mentors

We are also looking for Chief Executives and Senior Directors across the Public, Private and Third Sectors to be Mentors with the following attributes: 

  • a willingness to listen and to share their knowledge and experience
  • a keen interest in others and a willingness to share their successes and failures (i.e. they do not claim to be perfect!)
  • an open-minded point of view and enthusiasm to explore new ideas or ways to do things differently
  • innovative, entrepreneurial  and dynamic
  • those who have experience of implementing effective impact measurement systems and tools.

 

How many places are there?

The CO3 mentoring programme will enable up to 20 leaders from within the voluntary and community sector to be matched on the mentoring programme.



What’s the time commitment?

Leaders are matched with other leaders for a 12 month period.

Mentors will be asked to meet with their Mentee approximately every 4-6 weeks over the 12 month period.

 

When will it start?

The Mentoring Programme will begin in April 2016 and those interested in finding out more are invited to an information session on:

Date: 5th April  2016

Time: 11am – 12noon

Venue: CO3 Offices, 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast


If you then decide to become involved in the Mentoring programme we will provide you with all the training, information, materials and ongoing support you need.


How do I reserve a place at the Information Session?

Please contact Tracey McCreanor by e-mail tracey@co3.bz or  telephone 028 9024 5356.   

 

We hope that you will consider taking part in this exciting project and look forward to hearing from you. If you would like further information please contact Tracey McCreanor on 028 9024 5356

Here is a list of the top benefits that we have gathered from Members who have been involved in Mentoring:

 

Having a Mentor

  1. A great leadership development opportunity
  2. A friendly ear.  We know it can be lonely at the top. This is someone who can encourage you and boost you when you are down and who can often end up being a life long colleague.
  3. A Safe Space – this unbiased third party is someone you can talk through an issue with  and see options and find solutions
  4. Learning from others – they have often been there done that! So you can repeat their successful strategies and also learn from their mistakes
  5. Challenge – A Mentor can provide the challenge that you may not get from your SMT and help you move away from your bad habits to develop more successful ones.

 

Being a Mentor

  1. Free Personal Development – As part of the programme you will receive training on how to be a Mentor and your own soft skills will be enhanced.
  2. A time to Reflect – Mentoring gives you a great opportunity to reflect on your own self awareness and  leadership style and as a result be a more effective leader.
  3. The “Pass it on” Effect – Helping another person and seeing them develop and grow in confidence is very rewarding
  4. Recognitions – you will gain recognition by your peers, your Board and the Sector  for helping develop leadership in the Sector.
  5. Challenge – A Mentee can provide you with challenge in a way that your own staff or Board may not be able to.

 

What our Mentors and Mentees from previous Mentoring Programmes have said:

“My Mentor took the time to really listen to me; he created a safe confidential space where I felt at ease sharing my issues and receiving critical and thoughtful comments on how to consider the situation / proceed with the situation.  He was so gracious and really offered a reflective mirror for me to view change.  He was kind and considerate, but never afraid to pose the really meaningful questions which can give new insights for someone working their way through the situation.”

 

 “This is the best thing CO3 has ever done – thank you so much for the opportunity”

 

“I have had a hugely positive experience and learnt so much from my mentor”

 

“My ‘conversations with purpose’ with my mentor have been invaluable – not just for my own development but also for the development of my organisation”

 

“My mentor genuinely provides a different perspective, actively listens and questions. We have set tasks and a focus for each meeting which makes me take time to look at, for example, my leadership challenges more  theoretically.”

 

“My Mentor is so easy to talk to and has extensive experience in the areas that I need to discuss”